Just little things that can be organized on a budget that people might be interested in participating in… Any thoughts?
A few things you can do…
Get some board games (Clue, Monopoly, cards, UNO, etc.) and pizza and soda (or not, your choice) and play games! I’ve found that people really like games more than you would ever realize. Get some interaction games (like charades or taboo) that really get people talking to each other.
Scavenger Hunt (FAVORITE!)
Encourage them to make teams and join a HUGE scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts are a. free and b. lots of fun. You can also use them to get the acquainted with the town or neighborhood better. It doesn’t have to be a crazy big hunt, but those tend to be really wild and fun.
At my school, showing a movie in a dorm was considered a private viewing so we didn’t have to buy the rights. This is key because it means you can show a popular movie. Eat popcorn or pizza, show a great movie, and maybe chat about it after. Bonus points if your school has a projector and screen you can borrow to put it on a bigger screen than a TV.
Get a ton of sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies and have vats of icing and candy for decoration. You can get or make cookies really cheaply. Icing and decoaration stuff can be cheap too. Then invite everyone to come decorate and eat cookies. Again, the idea is that they’ll start to chat.
Group Dance Lessons – swing dancing is best
Dancing is social. Swing dancing is fun and easy to teach. You can usually get a fairly inexpensive group rate if you are near the college.
Pot Luck dinner
If they do have the ability to cook – hold a pot luck dinner. One, the cost is all on the homeowners to bring the food. Two, dinner is always social.
Go trick or treating.
Find an area that is good for trick or treating, get them to dress up kind of early in the evening (before the big parties) and go trick or treating. One: free. Two: candy. Three: walking around and being social.
Have a craft night!
Do some crafts while watching a movie or chatting. Better yet, do crafts to donate (like making Christmas ornaments for kids in the hospital or scarves for the poor or something). Get some fun, cheap craft supplies and let people go wild. Encourage them to bring other stuff like knitting to do while they chat or watch a movie.
OH, and Movie Night!!
If the weather permits, set up an outdoor movie theater and show some fun film! You can have people bring blankets or low chairs, make popcorn, have candy available.
Foods of the World.
Or, have a “Foods of the World” night, with different foods in each neighbor’s home. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etc.
A bonfire is always fun, if you can do it. Don’t forget the s’mores!
That’s all I have for now.
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For the Love of Candy!
Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn’t? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults.
Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It’s their reward for taking them around from house to house! We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well!
Make your child‘s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime! If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do!
Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.
Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who’s coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.
Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
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Many Homeowners Associations plan fall festivals. Some celebrate the end of the harvest, while others use a fall festival to provide a safe alternative to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating. Whatever the reason for thecommunity activity, with a little bit of planning the festival can be a lot of fun for all home owners.
Decide who is eligible to participate. For a project like this, the more community involvement you have, the more likely that the event is fun and successful.
Set a location and time. Advertise it on the street corners. Schools regularly host fall festivals, as do churches. In larger communities, the neighborhood holds the fall festival in one of its parks or grassy areas. Whatever location you choose, secure a backup location in case of bad weather.
Check out any insurance coverage you might need. Also, apply for any legal permits.
Enlist volunteers. This is sometimes the trickiest part of the equation. Recruit dependable people for key positions so you don’t have to scramble to do their job at the last minute.
Arrange for food kiosks. You might have apple pie stands, pumpkin bread stands and chili booths. Or, you might just decide to have a potluck-type meal where everyone brings a covered dish or two. Rent a cotton candy or hot dog machine.
Decorate your fall festival site. It can be as simple as setting out some pumpkins or more elaborate. A decoration committee is well advised for this chore.
Set up games. Carnival-type games, such as cake walks and fish ponds. Rent a bounce house…these are great for children. Going along with the fall theme, pumpkin carving competitions are fun as well.
Enjoy! But alas, make sure there is a clean-up committee designated to tidy up after all of the fun!
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